Fitness and Wellness Intern Employment

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Recreation, the fitness/wellness professional intern will be responsible for assisting with day to day facility operations as well as program development. The position will support the director and provide practical experience in a fitness environment. The individual will gain and apply leadership experience as well as become more adept at: management, assessment, marketing, presentations, instruction, meeting management, etc. The goal is to place one on course to be a well-rounded professional in the field of their choice.


Facility Management

  • Assist in the development, implementation, and enforcement of all facility policies and procedures.
  • Assist with the fitness equipment inventory, routine maintenance/upkeep, and help promote a safe and fair environment for a diverse population.
  • Provide for comprehensive facility supervision in conjunction with Director’s and Assistant Director’s schedules.
  • Be locally available for on-call coverage as scheduled by the department.
  • Supervise facility and student recreation staff in the absence of full-time staff.


  • Develop and administer a comprehensive fitness & wellness program including, but not limited to incentive programs, fitness testing, personal training, group fitness classes, and wellness education.
  • Oversee daily operations of the fitness programs including registrations, fitness services fees, and attendance records.
  • Assist in the marketing and promotions of all fitness and wellness activities.


  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, schedule, and evaluate all fitness staff (group fitness instructors and personal trainers)
  • Assist with the training and supervision of undergraduate practical experience students.
  • Assist with hiring, training, and supervising facility staff.
  • Ensure that all group fitness instructors and personal trainers have proper certification.
  • Manage and submit payroll for all fitness personnel (instructors and personal trainers).


  • Develop and implement policies and procedures that ensure safe instruction.
  • Keep abreast with industry trends and assess new as well as current programming.
  • Provide Director with budget needs and oversee inventory control of fitness program equipment.

Carry out other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Recreation.


This is a 10–month paid internship, beginning on or before Aug. 1 and extends through May 31. Hours will vary based on the needs of the department, but not to exceed an average of 25 hours/week (with the exception of holidays and university closures) and will include nights and weekends. The intern will be compensated.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in related field
  • Certification in group fitness or personal training from one or more of the following: ACE, AFAA, ACSM, NSCA or other NCCA accredited body
  • Current CPR/AED and First Aid certification or willingness to obtain certification
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and/or fitness assessment experience.
  • Work experience in a university recreation setting.
  • Program planning experience.

The Recreation department is not currently accepting applications for this position.

For additional information concerning this position, feel free to contact the Recreation department at or 608-796-3120.